Visiting Pecica Şanţul Mare

Visiting Pecica Şanţul Mare

By Pranavi Ramireddy   After a couple of weeks of hard work, getting settled into our projects, and meeting the Pecica crew for the first time at the pig killing, we made our way to visit their site in Romania. Assured an adventure, half of the students set out by train from Vésztö to Pecica on a day that promised to be 100 degrees. The rest of us packed up and headed out a few hours later with our sights set on the pit stop at Tesco in Békéscsaba. To my surprise, we found Cheetos and Dr. Pepper, so needless to say it was a successful junk food run. Laci…

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Ceramics Talk

Ceramics Talk

Out of the many students and mentors that have become part of the BAKOTA project this year, there are a few students that have taken on ceramic centralized projects aided by the different mentors shedding light on the many facts surrounding ceramics. Bks 103, so far, is primarily a cremation based cemetery dating back to the Bronze Age with the ceramics providing answers and key pieces of information through chemical, spatial, and comparative analysis. Ceramics, with their many variations, can be essential in understanding the inner workings of a cemetery. Was there ceramic trading? Did the clay come from a river close by or far away? A cemetery can answer…

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Captain's Blog Project Date July 10, 2015

Captain’s Blog Project Date July 10, 2015

  ~Greetings from your 2015 Block Captains! The first week here on the BAKOTA project so far has been a very hot one, but also a great one filled with a lot of hard work! Our job as a Block Captain is to act as a leader for our team of students and ensure proper protocols are followed within our blocks. Each captain has her own block and a variety of students to aid in the excavation process. In addition, one of our more important jobs is to keep track and complete all of the proper documentation for everything that goes on in our block. As things are just starting…

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The 2015 field season is officially underway!

The 2015 field season is officially underway!

~ a blog by Kylie Williamson The 2015 field season is officially underway! The directors have been hard at work over the last week or so, and all of the students have found their way to Vésztö. With the addition of more undergraduates for the field school, we are now staying in two different locations. The directors and a few graduate students will be staying at the Panzio, like in previous years. The rest of us will be at the Pap-Tanya, or the playground as they call it, which is about a 15-minute walk to the Panzio. The directors are envious of our pool, but the younger, more wired students…

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Computed Tomography (CT) Road-mapping for Micro-excavations of Archaeological Artifacts

Computed Tomography (CT) Road-mapping for Micro-excavations of Archaeological Artifacts

– blog post by Ed Bormann This past semester I took the course “Practicing Archaeology” with Professor Giblin at Quinnipiac University. The final project in class was to design a lab exercise that would help students learn a key concept in archaeological methods. I wanted to come up with a lab that would not only be interesting and allow us to put what we had learned in class into practice, but would also give me data and an idea of what I could be doing in Hungary this summer as part of the NSF-REU BAKOTA field school. The general idea was easy enough to come up with, find some way…

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End of the season presentation

End of the season presentation

Yesterday we had our end of the season party and some of the students threw together a little presentation about BAKOTA 2014 excavation season. Here is a slightly reduced version of it. Thank you, Amy, Martin, Monique and Zsolt for spearheading this and everyone else for contributing!

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Typical day at the BAKOTA project

Typical day at the BAKOTA project

As we are nearing the end of the season, we are breaking from the usual routine more and more. Yesterday the last day of excavations at Békés 103 turned out to be second to the last and the most atypical we’ve ever had. It started with a rain. Crazy rain and howling wind woke many of us in the middle of the night. Justine and Katie both were out of beds saving our pottery and bones left to dry on the terrace the day before. Not surprisingly, people were slow to get out of their beds for the breakfast. As the rain kept pouring, all but Julia, Monique and Russell,…

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Introducing BAKOTA team members: Justine Tynan, project lab manager

Introducing BAKOTA team members: Justine Tynan, project lab manager

The past four weeks excavations at the Bekes 103 Jegvermi-kert cemetery proved to be an invaluable learning experience to all the students at the project. In the mornings we excavate at the site, polishing our archaeological methods and techniques, in the afternoons we work in the lab cleaning and sorting artifacts, filling paperwork, sorting heavy fraction, analyzing osteological remains, and of course microexcavating the urns brought from the field. In addition to these general tasks shared by everyone, every one of us has more specific, personal assignments, working closely with one of the staff members. For example, Russell is in charge of digitalizing our maps and is being mentored by Paul….

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Field trip

Field trip

After the three day trip to Pecica (Pecska), Romania and very unsettling internet connection problems, we are once again back online and ready to give you an insider look at Bekes 103 cemetery excavations, but first let us tell you about our trip. This past weekend we have visited our friends at the Pecica archaeological project. This international team is uniting scientists from USA, Romania and Hungary, excavating at Santul Mare (The Big Ditch) site in northwest Romania, on the right bank of the Mures river. The occupation layers of a large fortified tell and adjacent peripheral village span Early and Middle Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and the Middle…

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